A corner of southern Crowdifornia arrived at an undesirable milestone in 2013, when Los Angeles County became the most populous county in America with an even 10 million souls as of last July.
The LA Times tippy-toed around in its coverage, not being too boosterish though crowdiness is good for business. The paper probably didn’t want to anger the little readers who mostly don’t like extreme density and must deal with traffic, crappy schools and diversity. The article barely mentioned the cause of all the growth — immigration of varying legality run amok.
So the paper left out important details, such as the growth from 1970 when the county was a more pleasant and manageable seven million.
The Census’ Quick Facts section has some fascinating nuggets. Foreign-born persons amounted to 35 percent of LA County residents, although among those above age five, 58 percent speak a language other than English at home. Hispanics are 48 percent of inhabitants.
For those who celebrate diversity, Los Angeles County has lots of it. For others, recent decades have not been kind to a once spectacular city.
L.A. County population pushes past 10 million, highest in nation, Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2014
The population of Los Angeles County has edged past 10 million — a new high for the most populous county in the United States, according to just-released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
As of July, the county was estimated to have a whopping 10,017,068 residents. That’s nearly twice as many as the next largest: Cook County in Illinois, which had an estimated 5,240,700 people.
Though Los Angeles has the biggest population by far, it isn’t among the fastest growing counties in the U.S., many of which are in oil- and gas-producing areas in and around the Great Plains.
While such rapidly growing counties boosted their populations by 4% or more, Los Angeles County grew less than 0.7% in population between July 2012 and July 2013, according to the new estimates.
Part of what prodded Los Angeles County past the 10-million mark was an influx of people from abroad.
Compared with other counties across the country, Los Angeles County had the highest net number of international migrants between 2012 and 2013 — 39,000 people — compared with 32,000 in Florida’s Miami-Dade County and 24,000 in New York’s Queens County, according to the Census Bureau estimates.